Preparing for Your Interview

Well, you’re doing something right because you’ve landed yourself an interview. Nice job! This means your resume and cover letter must have impressed your potential employer or grad program, and they want to investigate further whether you’re a good fit.

The interview gives you the opportunity to support your application materials with strong examples, stories, and evidence of your qualifications.

For our more in-depth guide to everything related to interviews, try our Canvas module below.

Interviewing Guide on Canvas

In recent years, many interviews are now happening by phone or online. Get specific tips below.

Tips for Virtual and Phone Interviews

Interview Tools

Big Interview is a great tool that can help you learn all about interviewing and practice your interview skills.

It’s easy to sign up and it’s free for UW-Madison students! Check it out here.

*If you’ve used Big Interview before through the SuccessWorks Big Interview login, note that there is a NEW campus version of Big Interview you should use now at the link above.

The first place to check for a possible interview is Handshake. Explore the hundreds of internships and jobs scheduled for campus interviews using Handshake.

Nail Your Interview

Interviewing Basics

Preparation is the key to interviewing with confidence. Taking time to prepare can help you anticipate questions and plan your responses, not to mention calm your nerves! And don't forget to practice, practice, practice.

Dress for Success and Phone/Skype Interviews

It's always best to play it safe when it comes to interviewing. Better to be the most dressed up person in the room than the least. We have a few tips for what to wear, whether you're going business professional or business casual.

Mock Interviews

Practice with one of our career & internship specialists so that you feel prepared for the real thing

The Thank You Letter

All those years of sending Aunt Mildred a thank you note for whatever choice birthday present she sent are finally paying off. It’s time to do the same for the people who just spent their time listening to you make the (award-winning) case for why you’re the right person for the job.

Actually, anyone who helped you along the way should get a thank you note, because manners.

Here’s another tool guide to help you in this process. We even included another example to make this as stress-free as possible. Now go forth and be gracious.

The Thank You Letter Tool Guide